Frontstrike Keyboard Typewriters
The most comfortable way to type of course, is with the
written text at a pleasant angle in front of you. But it took 20 years
after the introduction of the Sholes & Glidden until the Daugherty
appeared, the first 'modern' typewriter.
The typebars lay backwards in the type basket, swung up when
a key was hit, printed a letter on the front of the platen and fell back.
The Daugherty failed miserably in the market, but next came the Underwood
that set a standard for mechanical typewriters that would last a century.
But there were other frontstrike typewriters also, like the
so-called thrust-action machines, that actually pushed the type against
the paper. Good examples are the Ford, the Wellington/Empire, the Adler
and the Kanzler.
For the non-frontstrike keyboard typewriters, go back to
the Keyboard Typewriter index in the collection.